12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Red Hook isn’t just for IKEA trips anymore. A new project called the Red Hook Innovation District aims to create a 12-acre mixed use area filled with offices, retail space, performance venues and a promenade. Los Angeles-based development firm Estate Four plans to roll out the $400 million project in phases over five years. Though the project will feature mainly new construction, several key structures will be preserved and restored, including a three-floor factory complex and an old Daily News printing plant.

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LEED-certified Meadow Farm is a small organic farmstead in northern California

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland's Hotel Kakslauttanen

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Iceland's Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

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The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride. The contest ends TOMORROW, January 31st at 11:59PM!

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them—and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too!

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BMW and Volkswagen team up to install up 100 DC fast chargers on high-traffic U.S. routes

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A new partnership between BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint could see as many as 100 DC fast chargers installed on high-traffic routes along the east and west coasts of the United States. The chargers will give electric cars the ability to drive longer distances, allowing drivers of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf the ability to recharge their vehicles up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes.

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Scientists discover a way to "unboil" eggs - and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

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Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments, food production advancements and other areas of research. The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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Boom Boom art installation transforms a forest into an interactive soundscape in the Netherlands

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Studio Toer turned visitors to the Into The Great Wide Open music festival into literal treehuggers with their Boom Boom soundscape installation last year. Located in a wooded landscape on the Dutch island of Vlieland, Boom Boom—which means ‘tree tree’ in Dutch—made sounds when visitors activated a set of motion and touch sensors rigged up to trees. The sounds and vibrations changed when the trees were approached, touched, or hugged, introducing a new and extraordinary way of interacting with nature.

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Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

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Last Week, Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda outlined an ambitious new program for New York that would finally enable all state residents to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy. The program, Shared Solar, as outlined by the governor, would allow renters and homeowners alike to connect to shared solar energy systems throughout New York, resulting in more energy savings as well as increasing the amount of clean energy in New York.

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You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

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If you have $5,000, you can now buy a part of the World Trade Center and own an iconic piece of New York City. The developers of Three World Trade Center are turning to crowdfunding to drum up excitement and help pay for the forthcoming building, which is already under construction in lower Manhattan. Upon completion, the tower will be the third largest at the WTC site, although the project has been stalled a few times due to inadequate financial backing. This new crowdfunding effort seeks to end those problems.

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Man lists Tesla Model S for $85 a night on Airbnb

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Generally speaking, if you’re sleeping in a car, you’re down on your luck, drunk and risking arrest, or very, very tired. What you are almost certainly not is on vacation—unless for some bizarre reason you’ve rented a Tesla Model S from Steve, of Phoenix, Arizona on Airbnb. Yes, for $85 a night you can enjoy the comforts of an airbed in the back of his luxury electric sedan. For an extra fee, you can even take it for a ride.

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Submit your bridge designs to the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition for a shot at $16,000

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The city of Atlanta, Georgia seeks designs to revamp their two existing Interstate bridges—and will award the winning teams, one for each bridge, with an $8,000 prize. The Atlanta Bridgescape Competition was developed as part of the overall I-75/85 Connector Transformation Project, which aims to improve the visual appearance of the Connector and spur economic development. Submissions are due by March 3, 2015, and the winners will be announced at the 2015 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects, held in Atlanta, from May 14 to May 16, 2015.

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Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human?

Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human?

Researchers recently discovered a fossilized jawbone that could have belonged to a new type of prehistoric human. The jawbone, originally found by fishermen in the Penghu Channel near…

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The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75%

The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75%

"brighter and more uniform" with greater color accuracy turned back on with the "flick of a switch" does not need the 20 minute warm up period that metal halides need, so in the…

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This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

Asserting that there are no longer any corners of the world left to explore, the architects thought the regular urban worker might instead want to forego travel and simply retreat…

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Watch Tesla's new Model S 'Insane Mode' go from 0 - 60mph in 3.2 seconds

Watch Tesla's new Model S 'Insane Mode' go from 0 - 60mph in 3.2…

When the Tesla Model S was launched it looked rather like the mature big brother sedan to the fast and funky Roadster, but all that has come to an end with the inclusion of the "Insane…

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Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore in Sweden

Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore…

Swedish firm Trigueiros Architecture completed the contemporary Cone House, a light-filled and shingle-clad structure located on the Stockholm Archipelago. The waterfront house…

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